Popular culinary concept coming to Central Exchange

Published Friday, November 16, 2018
by Molly M. Fleming

A Kansas City, Missouri food-hall concept will be the first tenant in the Central Exchange development.

Meriwether Cos. is bringing its popular concept, Parlor, to the east building at 7 NE Sixth St. The two-story building will house seven kitchens and two bars. The eateries have not been announced yet.

Tribune Capital is behind the two-building development that sits east of Broadway Avenue. Tribune will put its office in the west building, 11 NE Sixth St.

The buildings date back to the early 1900s and were used by Pioneer Telephone as a warehouse and garage. The 7 NE Sixth St. building served as the telephone-line exchange building, where switchboard operators would route telephone calls.

The buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. The developers are seeking state and federal historic tax credits.

Tribune’s Brett Bone said the company was approached by Meriwether Cos. about putting Parlor OKC in the 14,000-square-foot building. Cushman & Wakefield’s Travis Mason is handling leasing for Central Exchange. Meriwether is based in Boulder, Colorado. Parlor OKC will be the second location for the concept.

“It says a lot about Oklahoma City that we’re able to draw regional and national concepts,” said Reese Travis with Tribune. “We want to make Central Exchange a destination.”

Parlor OKC will seat 350 people, with a rooftop patio, a first-floor patio, and plenty of lounge-style seating. Travis said Parlor OKC is likely to open in 2019’s third quarter.

Travis said Meriwether will find local and regional chefs to create the food concepts. Searches for those chefs will start in early 2019.

“We believe this food concept will help us finish filling in the (west) office building,” Bone said.

He said the company was fortunate to find Parlor and have the concept take the entire east building. Early plans for the east building included a few tenants.

Bone said Tribune is looking for a retailer or a restaurant for the west building’s first floor. The four-story building includes a basement, but Travis said the company is working on opening up the basement to allow for natural light.

Bone said there’s about 15,000 square feet available in the west building. There are some tenants expecting to move into the space, but Bone said he couldn’t give their names yet.

The 6,500-square-foot floor plates put the building in a sweet spot, he said. Tower floor plates can start at about 5,000 square feet, so a company that needs more than 5,000 square feet but doesn’t want another floor can fit into the west building.

Tribune’s Josh Travis said the parking in the back is an attractive amenity for potential tenants as well. He said people who look at the building also like how close it is to Interstate 235.

Construction is underway at Central Exchange. Allford Hall Monaghan Morris architecture firm has designed the exterior renovation and Lingo Construction is building it. Kansas City-based Hufft architecture firm designed Parlor’s build-out.

Reese Travis said the interior building renovations should be done in early March and tenant improvements can start then. He said Tribune expects to be in the building by May.

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